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Russian Football Association gave Guus Hiddink the go-ahead on Tuesday to take over as Chelsea manager until the end of the season while continuing as Russia coach.
Hiddink said that he had a special relationship with Chelseas owner Roman Abramovich and was approached by the Premier League club to coach the team after Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked on Monday. I must say that this is an exceptional situation. If it was any other club aside from Chelsea my answer would be a straight No, the Dutchman said. But Chelsea is different because I have good relations with the (club) owner. So I would like to help them (Chelsea) in this situation if I could.
Russian FA general director Alexei Sorokin later said from Moscow that the temporary appointment would not pose a problem and had been given their approval. The timetable of the national team allows Guus to combine the two jobs, he said.
ASKED if this would involve working as a consultant for Chelseas coaching staff,Hiddink said: No,this would be a full managerial role,a day-to-day job, he added. Of course when Russia would play (World Cup qualifiers) I would go there to coach them during that (international window) as there wont be any (league) games during that time. I have already done that (combining two jobs) a couple of years ago when I was coaching Australia and PSV (Eindhoven),so Im familiar with the situation, he said.
Hiddink also confirmed that no final decision was made. I did get a phone call from them (Chelsea management) and we discussed the situation but we havent come to a final decision just yet.